09/13/18 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Dow Lecture Series: Professor Liviu Mirica
Dow Lecture Series
The organometallic reactivity of high-valent Pd and Ni complexes
High-valent Pd and Ni complexes have been proposed to play an important role in a number of C-C and C-heteroatom bond formation reactions. In this context, a series of stable mononuclear Pd(III) and Pd(IV) complexes supported by multidentate N-donor ligands have been synthesized and their oxidative reactivity was investigated. In addition, organometallic Ni(III) and Ni(IV) complexes relevant to cross-coupling reactions have been isolated and their reactivity was studied in detail. The intermediacy of such high-valent Pd and Ni species in other organometallic reactions will also be discussed.
There will be an open forum with Professor Mirica, "Work-life balance in graduate school," 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Kate & Michael Barany Conference Room, 117/119 Smith Hall.
Professor Mirica earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and his doctorate at Stanford University was a National Institutes of Health Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty at Washington University in 2008, and is a member of the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability.
Professor Mirica's research program uses inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry to address important metal-mediated processes with energy, biological, and medical relevance. An interdisciplinary, problem-based approach will be employed to synthesize and characterize new organic molecules and inorganic complexes, with the ultimate goal to tackle unsolved problems with broad implications to society. His research areas include catalysis of energy-related processes, and metal-amyloid β peptide interactions in Alzheimer’s Disease.